CFL Backup QB Thinks He’s Better than ‘50%’ NFL Starting QBs

Written by Tony Ghaul

Chad Kelly, the nephew of Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly and former Ole Miss star is coming off a Grey Cup victory as a member of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts.

Kelly is currently the backup QB for the team, he entered the game in relief of injured starter McLeod Bethel-Thompson in the fourth quarter and set up a key touchdown to secure the win.

“50 percent,” said Kelly when asked how many current NFL starters he is better than during an appearance on the Pardon My Take podcast. “This is what I think. Obviously, there’s a lot of off-the-field stuff, right? We all know about it. It’s all been publicized.

Chad Kelly. Photo courtsey of

You know, you stick a camera in a kid’s face at eight years old and give him his own day, you know, that’s predominately what’s going to happen, is that the light is going to shine a little brighter when it’s good or bad, right?

But I think people mistaken my on the field capabilities of thinking clearly, right? Because they see that I do some dumb things off the field. So I think that with my saying 50 percent, I feel like I know the game a lot more than a lot of people because I started at such a young age, and that’s all I knew. In order to, you know, make it in life, I thought it was just to play in the NFL, really not even play in college. It was to play for the Buffalo Bills or someone, you know? That was the main focus my whole life.

Kelly had a chance with the Broncos. He was climbing the depth chart, but an off-field issue made it all fall apart. He couldn’t stick with the Colts, and he thereafter washed out of the NFL.

Chad Kelly. Photo courtsey of Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

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